Opening Day of Seattle’s boating season, always the first Saturday in May, includes a celebration of many kinds of water activities. Festivities will include a morning of crew races, a sailboat race, and of course, the Opening Day Boat Parade. The Parade starts at noon with the blast of a cannon and the raising of the Montlake Bridge. Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day has become the nation’s largest regional celebration of water in Seattle. Participants decorate their boats for the festivities and parades. Spectators line the shoreline to watch the parade while enjoying a picnic. Onlookers dream of the boats they will own someday. There’s nothing like it in the U.S. and possibly in the world. The only comparable event is the annual parade of commercial vessels in Venice, Italy. More info: http://www.nwboatinfo.com/Events-Opening-Day.html.
The parade takes place on the Montlake Cut, the easternmost section of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, which passes through the city of Seattle, linking Lake Washington to Puget Sound. It is approximately 2,500 feet long and 350 feet wide. The path along the cut was designated a National Recreation Trail as Montlake Cut National Waterside in 1971. More info: http://www.americantrails.org/NRTDatabase/trailDetail.php?recordID=2294